Germany’s up-and-coming star Kim Kulig talks to Live Your Goals about overcoming the taunts of boys at an early age to become a star of Germany’s national team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™.

Did you have to overcome much resistance from your family and friends to be able to play football? 
Yes, but I always kept my goal in mind and I never gave up. There were a few silly comments at the start, but I just tried to do my own thing. As soon as the boys realised that I too could play football, those comments stopped!

You have many fans, but did you ever have an idol yourself?
My idols were all from the men’s game, mainly because there weren’t so many female players on TV back then. That meant that I often watched men’s games, so one of my idols was Luis Figo, someone I admired very much. Unfortunately, he is no longer playing but I do enjoy watching Frank Lampard, mainly because he plays in the same position as me – or rather I play in the same position as him!

There were a few silly comments at the start, but I just tried to do my own thing. As soon as the boys realised that I could also play football, those comments stopped!
Kim KULIG (GER)

What is it like playing for the national team?
I love it, and it also makes me proud. It is a great honour for me and as soon as I realised that I could achieve a lot in football, representing my country soon became one of my goals and one of my main dreams. Playing for your country is a great honour, it is a unique feeling and something that cannot be compared to anything else.